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The Do’s and Don’ts of What to Do When In Vicinity of a Wasp

How to Deal With Living With Wasps as Neighbors
How to Deal With Living With Wasps as Neighbors

Surrounded by wasps in your yard? Don’t panic. There are ways to safeguard yourself and reduce the severity of a wasp attack. Learn the do’s and don’ts of dealing with wasps from the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental. 

What to Do If You’re Approached/Attacked by Wasps

– When approached by a wasp, keep calm and move slowly away.

– If you have to escape, leave in a straight line, be as quiet as possible, and try not to wave your arms.

– Do the best you can to protect your head and face. These areas are a frequent target of wasps.

What NOT to Do

When attacked by wasps, NEVER:

– Swat wasps or swing your arms, which makes wasps more aggressive.

– “Play dead” (wasps will just keep stinging).

– Use water for shelter (wasps will simply attack when you reemerge).

Ways to Reduce the Likelihood of Wasp Attack

– Keep your yard neat and clean.

– Keep food and drinks carefully contained/covered, especially sugary drinks.

– Wash your hands (and your kids’) free of sugars before going outside.

– Check for wasp activity before gardening, especially around fruit and sweet-smelling flowers, where wasps frequent. 

– Wear closed-toed shoes.

– Avoid wearing bright clothes and strong scents.

– Never approach or attempt to remove a wasp nest yourself.

Don’t get carried away. Deal with wasps quickly, avoiding large infestations and dangerous situations. Contact the NJ pest control pros at Stern Environmental today.

Restaurants: Know Your Top Insect and Rodent Problems

What Pests do you have hiding in your restaurant? Here are the top ones to look for.
What Pests do you have hiding in your restaurant? Here are the top ones to look for.

When you own a restaurant, one of the worst problems to deal with is the presence of pests. Rodents and bugs can cause major health hazards that could make customers and employees sick while also harming your business. Find out more about some of the most common restaurant pests that you might need NJ pest control services for.

Rats and Mice

Rodents, such as mice and rats, can get into your food preparation area and the main dining area in your restaurant. This creates a big problem in terms of public health hazards for your customers and employees. Rodents can spread infectious diseases through their urine, feces and bites. They can also contaminate your food supplies, dishes, utensils and equipment.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can get into your restaurant through the tiniest cracks or gaps in walls. They can spread germs throughout the kitchen and dining area as they roam around looking for food. Cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks and cause other health problems.

Pantry Pests

These pests, such as certain kinds of beetles, can get into stored food products and ruin them. While most don’t spread disease, they can still be harmful to your restaurant. Wheat, rice and other stored foods can become contaminated or infested with the eggs of these insects.

Don’t let pests cause problems for your restaurant. Contact Stern Environmental Group for more information about our NJ pest control services.

What to Know about NJ’s & NYC’s Asian Cockroaches

We Help You to Recognize the Differences in Cockroach Types.
We Help You to Recognize the Differences in Cockroach Types.

Asian cockroaches are relatively new to the U.S. They were identified in 1986 by a pest control technician in Lakeland, Florida. It was first thought the insects were German cockroaches, but further research determined the pests to be Asian.

In 1981, insects found on Okinawa Island, Japan were identified as Asian cockroaches. Through imports, the bugs made their way to the U.S., and over the years have infiltrated numerous states.

About Asian Cockroaches

Although extremely mobile, easily adaptable to various habitats, and excellent fliers, Asian cockroaches remain relatively low-key during the day. If disturbed, adult cockroaches may become active and take flight.

At sundown, the cockroaches become more active. Bright lighting and light-colored surfaces are two main attractions for the bugs.

Asian cockroaches prefer outdoor habitats where shade, mulched gardens, and landscaped areas with compost provide ideal living conditions and easy access to food sources. Asian cockroaches are also found indoors, but their preference is outdoors.

On average, a female produces 148 eggs during her lifetime, which is around 104 days.

If you’re seeing these pests around your home, it’s time to call in the professionals from the Stern Environmental Group. Our services tackle the problem and eliminate the cause quickly and effectively.

To schedule an appointment for an inspection of your home and discuss the best way to deal with a cockroach infestation, contact us today so we can make your home bug free.

Is Your Cockroach Asian or German? How to ID Your Pest

Here are Some Tips on Distinguishing Between Two Types of Cockroaches.
Here are Some Tips on Distinguishing Between Two Types of Cockroaches.

Since their discovery in the U.S., the Asian cockroach has been frequently confused with its German cockroach cousin. Uncovered in Lakeland, Florida in 1986 by a professional pest control operator, the Asian roach was initially identified as a German roach. However, peculiarities in its behavior led to the discovery it was not German, Blattella germanica, as originally believed, but Blattella asahinai, the Asian cockroach. Fortunately, the NJ bed bug specialists are experts at identifying these pests.

Nearly Identical to German Roaches, Asian Roaches Differ in the Following Ways:

Habitat
The primary habitat of Asian roaches is outdoors in shaded or composted areas, where fresh plant litter accumulates.

Wings
Asian cockroaches have a longer, narrower wingspan than Germans, with wings extending past the tip of their abdomen.

Flight
Unlike the German cockroach, Asian roaches are strong fliers. They are most active after sundown, but will take flight in daylight if disturbed.

Dorsal Features
When viewed from above, the stripes on the Asian roach are darker and more defined than those on the German roach.

Underbelly
The abdominal midsection of the Asian roach appears white, while that of the German roach appears lightly pigmented.

Egg Capsules
The egg capsules and nymphs of the Asian cockroach are smaller than those of German cockroaches.

The NJ bed bug specialists at Stern Environmental have skills eliminating an array of pests. Learn more about our effective cockroach control methods today.